Former US Ambassador to German and Recently Retired Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell revealed a little known fact about President Donald Trump in an interview on the Rubin Report. Grenell said of Trump:
What’s interesting about President Trump, he recently told me that when he came to Washington D.C. for the inauguration, to be sworn in as the 45th President, he had never spent the night in Washington D.C.. He had been there. He had been there for the day. But he had never spent the night. Imagine spending the night in Washington D.C. for the first time and you’re spending it in the White House.
Grenell described Vice President Mike Pence as like a father and good friend to him and his partner Matt, despite how some in media say Pence dislikes gays.
Yeah he’s, Mike Pence is an amazing person. He’s a committed Christian, he’s a realist, he’s somebody who’s just so nice and thoughtful. We talk about Dietrich Bonhoeffer a lot. He’s, he’s a Christian philosopher that we really both believe in and enjoy. I feel like you know, I grew up Evangelical Christian as you know. I feel like Mike Pence is like my uncle, my dad, my you know, many people in the church. He is just a good guy. He doesn’t hate anybody. He is so nice and he’s just religious and so we can have some sort of different religious beliefs or beliefs on social issues and still be really good friends and I think that’s where we are. I love him, he always reaches out to Matt and me and he’s just an amazing guy.
Grenell was particularly direct when asked about the Deep State.
What is the Deep State? To me what it means is there is this system in Washington DC, the federal government system, that basically takes care of its own….
we’re no longer at the point, Dave, where it’s Republican versus Democrat. This is now Washington versus the rest of America
and what I would say that the deep state is this system in Washington that protects its own.
Those that work in the federal government, live in Washington DC, for the most part. They float from one agency to another. They are dependent on the federal government. The media there depends on Washington DC being large and big and powerful.
When republicans, or outsiders like Donald Trump, come in and say, “let’s treat this. Let’s cut this. Let’s change this.” There is this rise up of people protecting their city; protecting the state that they have built up. And when we have economic crashes, Washington DC is never hit because the federal government has a bunch of workers who continue getting paychecks.
When we had Covid and people were cut
When we had COVID and people were cut, why is it that all of the people that were standing up saying stay at home, don’t work, put on a facemask, don’t go out and participate in the commerce, all of the people warning us and telling us that were people who had jobs. All of Washington D.C. kept getting paid, all of Washington D.C. workers were staying at home, they didn’t have a care in the world because they weren’t working but they were collecting the same paycheck. They are unaffected largely when there is a crisis and so it’s this system that takes care of its own. Let me also just say it quickly, when a job is opened up, let’s say at the Director of National Intelligence Office, of ODNI where I worked.
We post the job on these websites that are only known by Washington D.C. types or largely known by Washington D.C. types. They know the lingo, they know how to go the office ’cause it’s a local office. They have been the deputy assistant secretary of this and that and then they get to be the assistant secretary of this and that and it builds on this oh, well you have to have the federal government lingo, access and job title in a consecutive order in order to get the bigger jobs.
So it’s a system that takes care of its own and when an outsider comes in, threatens the whole system like Donald Trump.
You know the Jeffersonian principle is that politicians and people are supposed to go to Washington on a temporary basis. Washington is supposed to be this temporary place. It’s now got sports teams. It’s now got huge infrastructure. It’s got systems like a city and now they’re saying we should be a state because we have so many people. That’s not the design of Washington D.C.. Washington D.C. is supposed to be the place where you go temporarily to make laws and then you leave that place and you go home and live under those laws. We have a system right now where the media control it because they live there and they switch from the New York Times to Politico to The Washington Post, to CNN and all around they just stay in that system and they protect their own.
And so I think it’s a real problem and by the way, term limits is not gonna solve it.
It’s an, it’s one aspect of it. But if you limit the politicians terms to six years or whatever, you’re giving more power to the bureaucracy and to the deep state because they’re there. And the person who just cycles out is the politician that’s, that’s the name on the door. And the power becomes those staffers.
Now one solution, ’cause I wanna always talk about solutions… Is that we need to move some of this bureaucracy out into the Midwest, into the rest of the country. Why is it, and I think COVID is the perfect example to show when there’s a problem, when there’s a crisis, we shouldn’t have everything based in Washington D.C., that’s not healthy.
And so is there a way to start moving parts of the bureaucracy to Kansas? To Missouri, to Colorado? To some of the other places where, then the people who are making these decisions and living in the neighborhoods have more American values than Washington D.C. values.
See the complete interview on Rubin Report